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Address correspondence to this author at the Department of Epidemiology, Emory University, 1518 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA; Tel: 404-727-2773; Fax: 404-727-8737; E-mail: jeb.jones@emory.edu

The authors wish to thank David Sperber at Cyclogram for assistance with participant recruitment and Joshua Betts for assistance with data analysis.

The authors confirm that this article content has no conflict of interest.


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This research was funded by the MAC AIDS Fund and facilitated by the Center for AIDS Research at Emory University (P30AI050409).


  • HIV
  • HIV testing
  • Heterosexual couples
  • relationship agreements.

Relationship Agreements and Willingness to Participate in Couples HIV Testing and Counseling Among Heterosexuals in the U.S.


Journal Title:

Open AIDS Journal


Volume 8, Number 1


, Pages 50-57

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Couples HIV testing and counseling (CHTC) has been used for more than 20 years in African settings and more recently among men who have sex with men in the United States, but little is known about willingness of heterosexuals in the U.S. to use CHTC. We conducted an online survey of heterosexuals in sexual relationships to assess willingness to use CHTC and willingness to discuss relationship agreements within a couples counseling session. We found moderate levels of willingness to use CHTC and somewhat higher levels of willingness to discuss relationship agreements in a couples counseling session. The most frequently cited reason people were not willing was that they did not perceive themselves or their partners to be at risk for HIV. These results will be useful in planning for CHTC implementation for heterosexuals in the U.S.

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